Para-swimmer Jessica Long wins two individual events and a relay

Meyers also wins a race on final day of Pan Pacific in Pasadena

August 11, 2014|Sports Digest


Jessica Long wins two individual events and a relay

Jessica Long of Baltimore, a 12-time Paralympic champion, won the women's 100-meter freestyle S8 and 100 breaststroke SB8 on Sunday, the final day of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif.

Long also was part of the United States' women's team that beat Australia, 4:26.62 to 4:31.87, in the 4x100 34-point freestyle relay, the final medal event of the meet. She was joined on the team by Michelle Konkoly of Eagleview, Pa., Brickelle Bro of Castle Rock, Colo., and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith of Muncie, Ind.

Becca Meyers of Timonium won the women's 100 freestyle S9 and finished second in the 100 breaststroke SB13. Earlier in the meet, Meyers swam a world-record 2:26.86 in the 200 individual medley S13 and a world record of 4:25.31 in the 400 freestyle S13.

Ian Silverman of Baltimore was on the United States team that won the bronze medal in the men's 4x100 34-point free relay. He was joined by Evan Austin of Terre Haute, Ind., Lucas McCrory of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Cody Bureau of Latrobe, Pa. Earlier in the meet, Silverman smashed a nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race, swimming a 4:03.57.

Team USA finished atop the medal standings with 115 medals (34 golds, 49 silvers and 32 bronzes), although Australia won the gold-medal count with 55. Australia was second overall with 95 medals (55, 24, 16), followed by Canada with 63 (8, 26, 29). Rounding out the top five in the medal standings: Brazil with 45 (24, 11, 10) and Mexico with 44 (14, 14, 16).

The Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships is the marquee event of 2014 for U.S. swimmers. Other top events on the Road to Rio include the 2015 world championships in Glasgow and the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.

The 2016 Paralympic Games are Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro.


Mystics eclipsed by Sun in double overtime, 89-81

The Washington Mystics were tied with the host Connecticut Sun at the end of the first quarter, at the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime. The second overtime was a different story, as the last-place Sun (12-20) outscored the second-place Mystics 14-6 in the final period for an 89-81 win. Guard Ivory Latta paced Washington (15-16) with 20 points, and forward Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) had 11 points and seven rebounds for Connecticut.


Timonium's Meyers sets another world record

Becca Meyers of Timonium set a world record for the second time in three days at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the women's 200-meter individual medley S13 on Saturday in 2 minutes, 26.86 seconds. Colleen Young Rhea Schmidt On Thursday, Meyers, a student at Franklin & Marshall, set a world record in the women's 400 freestyle S13. Heading into the meet, Meyers also held the world record for her classification in the women's 800 and 1,500 freestyle and the 400 IM. Meyers won two medals at the 2012 Paralympics, her first, and is considered a top contender for the 2016 Games.

More Saturday: U.S. Navy veteran Brad Snyder of Baltimore won the men's 200 IM SM11 and the men's 100 backstroke S11, his fifth and sixth titles in Pasadena. ... Jessica Long of Baltimore won the women's 200 IM SM8. ... Baltimore's Ian Silverman won silver in the men's 200 IM SM10 and bronze in the men's 100 back S10.

Et cetera

Jets' McDougle, an ex-Terp, tears ACL

Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle, a rookie with the New York Jets, suffered a torn anterior cruciate during practice Sunday. Jets coach Rex Ryan expressed concern to reporters after practice regarding McDougle's injury, which happened during one-on-one drills. McDougle was covering a Jets receiver when, according to reports, his cleat got caught in the ground and he felt a sharp pain in his knee. McDougle missed most of this past season at Maryland because of a broken collarbone, but he still ended up being selected in the third round of the NFL draft in May.

Matt Zenitz, Baltimore Sun Media Group

MLB: The Washington Nationals called up outfield prospect Michael A. Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse and placed another young outfielder, Steven Souza Jr., on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder bruise. Souza hurt his shoulder slamming into the right-field wall Friday. .

Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: Second-place D.C. United (11-7-4) went down a goal in the 11th minute Saturday and never threatened from there, losing, 3-0, to host Real Salt Lake (10-4-9). United striker Eddie Johnson, an occasional U.S. national team player, received a yellow card in the 30th minute for kicking the ball in frustration at the injured Carlos Salcedo after Johnson had been whistled for a foul.

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